Royal opening for Nailsea Joint Cadet Centre following disastrous fire


Cadets from Nailsea are delighted to have their Joint Cadet Centre back, four years after a disastrous fire damaged their previous centre beyond repair.

In 2009 many feared that the local Cadet detachments might have to close completely following the destructive blaze, but fortunately for the Cadets, Jeff Morris, Chairman of Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club, provided a free home for the Platoon whilst the new building was being constructed.

The new Joint Cadet Centre is now home to Cadets from Nailsea Platoon, Gibraltar Company, Somerset Army Cadet Force (ACF) and 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC).

On Thursday 15 May, 2014 His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, accompanied by Lady Elizabeth Gass DCVO, the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset officially opened the brand new centre.

HRH The Duke of Kent with Colonel Paul Richardson

HRH The Duke of Kent with Colonel Paul Richardson, Commandant, Somerset ACF at Nailsea Joint Cadet Centre

Cadets and adult instructors from both Units eagerly assembled for the royal visit and official re-opening of the centre.

Upon their arrival the Royal party were met by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Company Serjeant Major Owen Bishop and Cadet Flight Sergeant Sid Janota and greeted with a fanfare by buglers from the Silver Bugles Band, Somerset ACF.

Before watching the cadets training, the Royal party were introduced to many of those involved in facilitating the build. These included Councillor Mrs Clare Hunt (Chairman of Nailsea Town Council), Colonel Oliver Chamberlain (Chairman of Wessex Reserve Forces & Cadets Association), Brigadier Tony Dalby-Welsh (Chief Executive of WRFCA), Colonel Paul Richardson (Commandant, Somerset ACF), and Wing Commander David Cox (Officer Commanding, Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, ATC).

The party then moved on to watch demonstrations by ACF Cadets which included signalling, fieldcraft, Skill at Arms and first aid followed by further demonstrations from members of the ATC.

Finally The Duke unveiled a brass engraved plaque commemorating the event and declared the centre officially open.

2467 (Nailsea) Squadron Air Training Corps, parades on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Nailsea Platoon Army Cadet Force on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

 Both Cadet forces are keen to hear from potential recruits and adult volunteers. Please contact for more information about the ATC and contact for more about joining the ACF.

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